Donation of Humans Remains to Meharry Medical College
The ultimate gift that men and women can give is a gift of some part of their body or their whole body after death for the prolongation of the lives of others, the education of medical students, physicians, dentist, other medical personnel, the advancement of medical research, and therapy (physical and occupational). There are laws that permit individuals (who are at least 18 years old and of sound mind) to donate their bodies for these purposes. When such a gift is intended, it is always advisable to inform relatives of one's plans, gain their agreement, and give them the information that will help them to carry out the donation.
The family/donor must accept the fact that Meharry Medical College can not issue reports regarding the cause of death or any findings from our laboratory studies. If a family wishes to obtain such information, they should have an autopsy performed by a qualified pathologist.
The Donation Procedure:
Please print and complete our Anatomical Donation Form here. (NOTE: The form can be filled out on your computer and then printed)Fill out the entire form in the presence of two (2) witnesses. Be sure to include the current date, your birth date, and your social security number (optional).Mail one copy to:
Anatomical Donation Program
Department of Professional/Medical Education
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208-3599
The other copy should be given to a relative, friend, or physician with instructions.
To report a death to the Department of Professional and Medical Education, call 615.327.6944 or 615.327.6691.
To acquire information at the time of death, call: Anatomical Donation Office – 615.327.6691, Department of Professional and Medical Education Office – 615.327.6944, or Meharry's Security Office – 615.327.6254